Four federally qualified health centers in Wisconsin are getting $4 million in grants to renovate and serve more patients in need.
Trish Sarvela, development director for Partnership Community Health Center in Menasha, said she is thrilled. Her’s is one of four such centers around the state getting grants to update overwhelmed facilities for low-income patients. Sarvela said the money will support renovations that make better use of their space and to serve more patients.
“To really give us — not a makeover to be pretty — but a makeover to be more efficient, more effective and more welcoming to our patients and integrate medical and behavioral health,” she said.
Sarvela said they serve about 15,000 patients a year at or below the poverty level from Winnebago, Outagamie and Calumet counties. The money will allow them to see more patients, she said.
It will also keep more patients out of the emergency room and provide a regular doctor to those who don’t have one.
The other three FQHCs in Wisconsin that are receiving $1 million in federal funding are 16th Street Community Health Center of Milwaukee, Family Health Center of Marshfield and Kenosha Community Health Center in Kenosha.